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Key Facts About Toy Safety That Every Parent Should Know

Toys are meant to entertain and educate children. However, in some cases, they can lead to serious injuries.

Although there are laws in place intended to keep unsafe toys off store shelves, defective or dangerous products can still end up in the hands of young children. Therefore, as San Diego child injury attorneys, we think it is important for parents and caregivers to understand the facts about toy safety.

Below are a few key statistics:

  • Each year since 2000, an average of 20 children ages 14 and under have died from a toy-related incident.
  • Since 2000, it is estimated that an average of 168,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries each year.
  • Many toy-related deaths are caused by choking, drowning, a motor vehicle incident or strangulation.
  • Small play balls and balloons account for many choking deaths among children.
  • Riding toys including nonmotorized scooters and tricycles are associated with more injuries than any other toy group.
  • Approximately 50 percent of toy-related injuries resulting in emergency department visits occurred to children under 5 years of age.
  • In 2009, males accounted for 58 percent of all toy-related injuries.


While these facts may seem alarming, there are steps that parents can take to help keep their children safe. One of the most important is to keep up to date about product recalls. We discuss many of these on our San Diego Injury Blog, but a full list can always be found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

Parents should also monitor their children’s toys to look for signs of damage to toys, breakage or potential hazards. If you detect a problem, it is imperative to make any necessary repairs immediately or discard damaged toys out of children’s reach.